Medical board releases physician license alert app for patients

August 03, 2018
Area(s) of Interest: Professional Development & Education 

The Medical Board of California recently released its first mobile app, currently available on Apple iOS devices. The technology notifies patients about changes to their physician’s license status, rather than patients having to actively seek out that information.

Physician profiles have long been available to the public on the board’s website.  The new app will notify users when their physician’s license is updated or there are changes to the physician’s address, practice status, specialty, disciplinary actions and much more.

The California Medical Association (CMA) has long advocated for a comprehensive, effective and well-functioning regulatory process for physicians. CMA believes this new app will make it easier for patients to choose their health care practitioner.  It also has the potential to increase transparency and improve patient trust and quality of care.

For more information on the app, visit the board’s iOS App webpage.  Users can download the app by visiting the Apple Store and searching for “Medical Board of California.”  A version for Android devices will be available in the near future.

CMA encourages physicians to periodically check their profiles for accuracy and to advise the board of any corrections, especially their addresses of record.  The Board cautions physicians about using their home address as their address of record, however, because it becomes widely available on the Internet.

If you believe the information on your profile is incorrect, please contact the medical board at webmaster@mbc.ca.gov or (800) 633-2322.



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